BLOOMINGTON The Indiana University Student Foundation has organized a special tribute to show support for injured Little 500 rider Lauren Gill during the race this weekend.
During a practice race last Thursday on the IU Bloomington campus, another biker stopped suddenly in front of the Granger native, causing her to fly over her handlebars and hit the pavement.
Gill was hospitalized in critical condition.
She was upgraded to "stable" condition Wednesday, but still has not fully regained consciousness.
Along with featuring Gill’s IU Nursing teammates in a special parade lap before the start of the women’s Little 500 race on Friday, the IU Student Foundation will make 1,500 custom Lauren Gill bandage stickers available to all riders and fans wanting to show their support.
The stickers will be distributed during the women’s and men’s races on Friday and Saturday.
The idea for the bandages came from IU Nursing teammates Rachael Dickerson, Chelsie Hafler and Kelsey Gill, Lauren’s sister.
To help the family with the associated medical costs, her teammates have set up a Fundly site to gather donations.
The Lauren Gill Recovery Fund has already raised more than $7,000.
Several IU Nursing students will be running a support table during the women’s race and will be handing out Lauren Gill stickers and providing information about fundraisers for the Gill family.